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The view from the top of business, presenting a clearer view of the business world, through discussion with people running companies.

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'Bore out'

5/22/2018
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The people paid to do nothing at work, and the damage it can do to their health.

Duration:00:17:47

Agony in India

5/21/2018
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A chronic lack of opioid drugs leaves millions of people throughout the developing world to live and die in unrelenting, excruciating pain. It is a particularly bitter irony in India, which historically had the world's biggest legal opium poppy industry. The Lancet journal has dubbed the lack of access even to cheap pain killers such as morphine a "medical, public health, and moral failing". Justin Rowlatt reports from Kerala, where Dr M R Rajagopal is pioneering a revolution in palliative...

Duration:00:18:06

Venezuela in Tatters

5/18/2018
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Economic depression, 13,000% inflation, oil seizures by creditors, international sanctions, a refugee crisis - can the Maduro government hold on to power at elections this weekend as Venezuela implodes? We hear the views of Chavistas on the streets of Caracas, and of refugees on the Brazilian border. Back in the studio, Ed Butler speaks to Maduro critic and former government minister Professor Ricardo Hausman, of Harvard University. Plus oil analyst Amrita Sen explains why an old legal...

Duration:00:18:09

Is China Tech a Trojan Horse?

5/17/2018
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Are US allegations that Huawei is helping Beijing hack US data networks motivated by genuine suspicions or by trade protectionism? Joe Miller reports from the US where some Americans feel frustrated that their government is restricting them from using the Chinese tech firm's cheap and reliable products. Meanwhile Ed Butler asks Wired journalist Scott Thurm whether the Trump administration's clampdown is just part of the broader trade standoff between the world's two biggest economies. Plus,...

Duration:00:18:09

Fighting Ad Fraud

5/16/2018
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Digital advertising fraud cost companies an estimated $16bn last year. Often the clicks or downloads generated by the ads they paid for came not from people, but robots. Alex Hewson, from mobile advertising firm M &C Saatchi, describes the scale of the problem and the tricks some fraudsters use. And Gary Danks, managing director of Machine Advertising explains how his company is tracking fraudulent app downloads. The gaming of the online advertising system raises an age-old issue in...

Duration:00:17:49

Italy: The EU's Next Headache?

5/15/2018
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As Italy's anti-establishment Five Star Movement and anti-immigration Northern League edge closer to a coalition, we ask whether such a eurosceptic government might scupper plans for further EU integration. Manuela Saragosa is joined by Federico Santi, from Eurasia Group, and Jeremy Cliffe, Berlin bureau chief at The Economist. Plus, what do business schools teach about the art of negotiation? We hear from Heather McGregor, entrepreneur and Dean of Herriot Watt Business School in Edinburgh....

Duration:00:18:34

Are You Ready for GDPR?

5/14/2018
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New data protection rules are due to take effect in the European Union on 25 May, and complying with them is proving to be a headache for businesses throughout the world. Manuela Saragosa speaks to two small British businesses struggling to meet the requirements of the new General Data Protection Regulation. Jo Bausor of the Henley Festival of music and arts says she has actually benefited from culling back their database of client contacts. But life coach Clare Josa says it is costing her...

Duration:00:18:59

Netflix vs the Silver Screen

5/11/2018
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Does Netflix threaten to wipe out the traditional cinema in much the same way that it already annihilated video rentals? The online streaming service is spending a lot of money on producing original movies, and its refusal to give them a public screening has led to a bust up with the prestigious Cannes Film Festival. But are these arbiters of the art of the silver screen right to fear Netflix's encroachments? Manuela Saragosa speaks to Hollywood producer Brian Udovich, author Jonathan Taplin...

Duration:00:17:28

Hormones: The Pill

5/10/2018
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Hormonal contraceptives liberated women around the world, and are now proliferating in Africa too. Manuela Saragosa talks to endocrinologist Maralyn Druce about how such a tiny pill can have such a transformative effect on our biology and on our societies. And Faustina Fynn-Nyame of the NGO Population Services International explains why an injectable version of the contraceptive is proving to be a hit in Sub-Saharan Africa. Plus, why is there still no male pill on the market? We ask research...

Duration:00:17:48

Getting a Law Degree on Death Row

5/9/2018
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Africa has about a million prison inmates, many of them imprisoned without a fair trial or proper legal representation, often because they cannot afford it. The African Prisons Project is working to establish the world's first prison-based legal college and law firm, working primarily with prisoners in Uganda and Kenya. We speak to its founder Alexander Maclean.

Duration:00:17:49

Banks and the Wealth Gap

5/8/2018
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Do cities benefit from hosting major financial centres? Ivana Davidovic discovers the history of Canary Wharf - London's old docks area and now a banking district. Mark Yeandle, author of Z/Yen's Global Financial Centres Index, explains why having a successful financial sector may not benefit everyone. And how should you meet the threat of job-stealing robots? Author Leonard Mlodynow says it's down to changing the way you think. (Photo: London's Canary Wharf financial district, Credit: Getty...

Duration:00:17:46

Tech Solutions for the Poor

5/7/2018
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How can we think differently about some of the most entrenched economic problems facing the poor? Jane Wakefield finds out how tech can cure blindness in Africa from ophthalmologist Dr Andrew Bastawrous, Co-Founder and CEO of Peek. Pediatrician Lucy Marcil from Streetcred tells her why a tax form in a doctors office can help poor families in the US lift their economic prospects, plus DeAnne Salvador from RETI tells her how she helps low income families to access technology to lower their...

Duration:00:17:48

Economists in the Doghouse

5/4/2018
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The economics profession has sought to reinvent itself since the its failure to foresee the 2008 financial crisis. Manuela Saragosa speaks to two economists: Wendy Carlin discusses her efforts to transform the way economics is taught in universities in order to make it more relevant to the real world; and Mariana Mazzucato explains why she thinks one of the biggest problems is false narratives that have been peddled to policy-makers and the public about how the economy works. (Picture:...

Duration:00:18:15

How Economists Forgot Housework

5/3/2018
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Feminist economists argue that GDP statistics need to start taking account of care-giving and housework if we want to start valuing these things as a society. For example author Katrine Marcal points out that Adam Smith claimed that the economy was based on self interest, overlooking the fact that his mother cooked his meals for free. Manuela Saragosa speaks to Hannah Peaker of the UK's Women's Equality political party, and professor Joyce Jacobsen of the Wesleyan University in the US....

Duration:00:17:53

Paying the Price of Prison

5/2/2018
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For most people, a traffic violation simply means a fine. But for poorer people in the US, it could mean being imprisoned. Since the global financial crisis, local and state governments have tried to make up for shortfalls in tax revenue by issuing more, and larger, fines. If you can't afford to pay, you may well end up behind bars, as the BBC's Kim Gittleson reports from South Carolina. Presenter Ed Butler talks to Robin Steinberg, CEO of the non-profit Bail Project in Los Angeles, which is...

Duration:00:18:19

01/05/2018 GMT

5/1/2018
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The daily drama of money and work from the BBC.

Duration:00:17:32

Africa's Free Trade Pact

4/30/2018
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(Picture: Workers at a clothing factory in South Africa. Credit: Rodger Bosch, Getty Images)

Duration:00:17:29

Iran's Foreign Currency Problem

4/27/2018
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With US President Donald Trump threatening to impose more sanctions, Iran remains frozen out of much the international financial system despite the 2015 nuclear weapons deal. Ed Butler speaks to a British businessman who has plenty of would-be Iranian buyers of his oil equipment, but who cannot get paid into his UK bank account. Sanctions lawyer Nigel Kushner explains why most international banks still steer clear of Iran, despite the lifting of sanctions, plus Ellie Geranmayeh of think-tank...

Duration:00:17:28

Creating Ads in the Digital Age

4/26/2018
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How do designers and advertisers get people's attention when there is so much competition online? And how do brands get around ad-blocker software? Manuela Saragosa goes to the annual Design and Art Direction festival in London's Shoreditch to find out. She speaks to D&AD's Tim Lindsay, Trevor Eld of the Fader magazine, and photographer Perou. Meanwhile Andrew Geller and Isabella Parish of video production company 1st Avenue Machine take Manuela through a music video packed with optical...

Duration:00:17:28

25/04/2018 GMT

4/25/2018
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The daily drama of money and work from the BBC.

Duration:00:17:28

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